CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Led by a pair of fourth-place finishes in its two relay finals, Miami University is in fifth place at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.
Coach Pete Lindsay's RedHawks are in a battle for fourth place with host Southern Illinois, just 19.5 points behind. Missouri State finished Friday's action in first place with 503 points, but is being challenged for the team title by second-place Buffalo (490.5) and third-place Eastern Michigan (478).
Miami began Friday night's finals with a fourth-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Davis Staley, Evan Bader, Mike Cavanaugh and Joe Baumgartner teamed up to post a 1:31.22 time. Buffalo won the event in a time of 1:27.92.
The RedHawks didn't have any finalists in the 400 individual medley, but Alex Reinhardt (4:00.82) and Sean Minderlein (4:06.15) placed 11th and 15th, respectively, in the consolation finals.
Baumgartner placed seventh in the 200 freestyle finals with a time of 1:39.29. Teammates Chris Dieter (11th, 1:39.44) and Andy Kilkenny (12th, 1:40.18) swam in the consolation finals.
Miami had a decent showing in the 100 breaststroke with Bader placing eighth in the finals (56.58) and Sam Crockett (9th, 56.03), Will Olson (13th, 58.11) and Jonathan Profitt (15th, 58.35) all earning points in the consolation finals.
In the 100 backstroke, Staley (9th, 49.74) and Mike Kline (15th, 50.81) swam in the consolation round.
The final event of Friday night was the 800 freestyle relay. Baumgartner, Dieter, Ian Joyce and Kilkenny teamed up for a time of 6:39.80, good for fourth place.
The MAC Championships conclude Saturday.